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PeacePartners, Inc. honors our valued partners by celebrating their passion for peace, their creative ideas, and the wonderful implementation strategies they incorporate.

As we continue to support our partners, it is our privilege to showcase PeaceBuilders sites. Don't just take our word for it. Read about some featured sites as they explored their problems, developed their PeaceBuilders solution, and discovered positive outcomes! We invite you to sit back and explore the fantastic PeaceBuilding events happening throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.

Ben Painter Elementary - San Jose, CA
Students in Ms. Cyndi McDonald’s fourth and fifth grade class at Ben Painter Elementary School are spreading peace at home, in their community and across the ocean all the way to the Middle East.

It all began when Ms. McDonald’s class, also known as the Weather Foxes, began giving a weather forecast each Tuesday on San Jose radio station, KFOX 98.5, a station that avidly supports our troops.

As a way of repaying KFOX and Helping Others Ms. McDonald began a program called “Lessons in Humanity,” which teaches children about selflessness, compassion and accountability by asking them to spend every Friday afternoon on a project to support the troops in conflict regions.
One of the care packages they worked on is called “Puzzle in a Bottle.” The children put puzzle pieces, candy, and gum in decorated bottles to send to their adopted troops. Children worked in a happy, peaceful assembly line to put the bottles together.
After hearing from a soldier who recently returned from a tour in Iraq about how stinky the tents get during the summer months, the children began “Operation Stinky Tent Go Away.” They prepared packages that included aroma beads, various scents, and sachet bags along with instructions for the soldiers.

No matter what project they worked on, the day always ended with the children writing thank you cards to the soldiers.
Hand-written cards were sent to individual adopted troops to thank them for their sacrifice.
At home, the Weather Foxes have shown their love and support for one of their own classmates, a fellow Weather Fox named Nathan, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. For six weeks, Nathan’s classmates sent cards of all colors to decorate his hospital room. They also sent hand-made Christmas gifs to remind him of their love and support.

And in their community Ms. McDonald’s class showed their compassion by reaching out to an 8 year old girl who lost both her parents in a tragic automobile accident. The young girl, Emily, was confined to the hospital due to injuries from the accident; and although they’d never met Emily, the Weather Foxes sent many cards filled with well-wishes to raise her spirits.
Meet the Weather Foxes of Ms. McDonald’s fourth and fifth grade class. They created banners to thank K-FOX for the opportunity to go on the air to give the weather forecast each Tuesday and for their assistance in the class’s support of troops.
We praise Cyndi McDonald for making PeaceBuilding and community service part of her curriculum. We are grateful to the Weather Foxes for their kindness to people near and far and for their compassion. We are proud of these PeaceBuilders and honored to share their story.

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